November 2015
The Green Scene@GSU
Check out all the recent happenings with regards to sustainability for the GSU Campus Community.
Major Anthony Coleman was awarded the 2016 Sustainability Hero Award at the Division of Finance and Administration's Annual Awards and Recognition Ceremony on October 29, 2015. The award is designed to recognize individuals that best demonstrate behaviors or actions that meet the following definition: "Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." - UN World Commission on Environment and Development, December 1987

Major Coleman was selected to receive the award due to his efforts in increasing resources and services while remaining environmentally conscious.  He increased the police bicycle patrol squad to approximately thirty officers, with about forty-five bicycles and eight Segway personal transport vehicles in rotation. This has reduced the amount of gasoline powered vehicles used daily, which has led to a reduction in carbon emissions and has a bonus effect of helping our officers maintain an active and healthy lifestyle while serving the GSU community.
He joined the Georgia State University Police Department in 1992 and is currently the Operations Manager for the Georgia State University Police Department.  Coleman oversees the Patrol Division, Investigation Division, Communications Division, Crime Suppression Team, Pedestrian Safety and the Internal Affairs Division.

Bigbelly┬« is a smart waste and recycling system that is now located in seven locations across the GSU campus and are easily accessible by students, staff, faculty as well as the downtown Atlanta community.  The system will help avoid collecting too often, wasting fuel and labor. They will also control overflowing trash which create litter, health and safety issues.  This public waste and recycling system leverages renewable solar energy and information technology resulting in a 70-80% reduction in operational costs and is being funded by the campus sustainability fee.  The mandatory $3 sustainability fee was driven by students to support sustainability initiatives on campus.

How does it work?   The smart waste and recycling system gathers, consolidates and analyzes data from smart collection stations, providing real-time status alerts and historical reports that help optimize operations and eliminate overflow and visible waste.  
How is it powered?  A solar panel is used to charge an internal battery, which in turn powers all of the features of the stations including compaction and wireless communication.  
What are the benefits?  (1) Beautify your space by containing litter and keeping pests away; (2) Calm your space by reducing collection truck congestion, noise and air pollution; (2) Sustain your space by introducing recycling, conserving fuel and cutting carbon emissions; and (4) Economize your space by increasing productivity and reducing fleet operations costs.
How did GSU obtain the system?   The fee committee approved a proposal submitted by a group of students, the recycling coordinator and Bigbelly┬« that outlined the feasibility, costs, and benefits of the system.  The fee committee is comprised of students, faculty and staff.


The Community Resilience Workshop was held on Monday, November 9th and facilitated by Dr. Jairo Garcia, Sustainability Management Analyst for the City of Atlanta, Mayor's Office of Sustainability.  The workshop focused on shocks and stresses.  A shock is defined as a sudden and sharp event that threatens a city. Examples of shocks are earthquakes, floods, disease outbreaks, or terrorist attacks.  A stress is defined as an event that weakens the fabric of a city on a daily or cyclical basis. Examples include overtaxed or inefficient public transportation systems, endemic violence, or chronic food and water shortages.  Shocks and stresses can influence and can be influenced by others; therefore, the City of Atlanta wanted to create an inclusive environment to facilitate this dialogue.  Breakout groups answered pertinent questions relative to a shock and a stress with overall objective of utilizing the information captured to develop a comprehensive justification in the resilience plan to determine vulnerable areas, investigate options, and evaluate risks and costs.  

The think tank was attended by subject matter experts representing various organizations as well as the wide range of shocks and stresses.

Georgia State University
Office of Sustainability
75 Piedmont Ave, Suite 750
Atlanta, GA 30303

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